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Vol. XLIV No. 20; May 21, 2014
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: This is the last regular issue of Brief for the academic term. Summer publication dates will be June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 10.

Inside This Issue
--State Relations Update.
--Feature: Live from Nepal: Faces of climate change; The Science of Movement.
--People: Brian Buhr has been named dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station; and more.

University News and Events
Top News | University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities


STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: On May 14, the House and Senate released their bonding bill agreement, which includes $119.3 million for U of M projects. The bonding bill fully funds two of the U's six requested projects: Tate Science and Teaching Renovation and the UMC Campus Wellness Center. Three projects received partial funding: Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement, the Laboratory Improvement Fund, and the UMD Chemical Sciences and Advanced Research Materials Building. The University also received funding for a new Bell Museum and planetarium.


FEATURE: An unusual pair of professors give ninth-grade geography students a first-hand look at life on the other side of the world. For more information, read "Live from Nepal: Faces of climate change."

FEATURE: From Parkinson's to obesity, the School of Kinesiology is using exercise as a prescription to make a difference in people’s lives. For more information, read "The Science of Movement."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Brian Buhr has been named dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station; Professor Michael Sommers is among the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Award; the Graduate School has recognized five innovative ideas in interdisciplinary graduate education in its Call for Innovative Ideas competition; OHR's Employee Engagement Program recently received the Midwest Region Excellence in HR Practices Award; U in the news includes highlights of Today's News, which features U faculty and staff cited in the media daily. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

NEW myU SNEAK PEEK: Watch a short video about the homepage for the new myU and learn how the University community will use some of its features. Part of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP), the new myU portal will help faculty, staff, and students be successful in getting their work done at the U.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events


UMC'S COLLEGE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL'S (UMC-CIHS) annual workshop will take place June 2. Through National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation, the campus will host nearly 90 CIHS Instructors, as well as counselors and principals from nearly 42 participating school districts. The event connects high school partners with on-campus faculty in peer-to-peer faculty engagement, professional development, and program updates and oversight.

CAMPS-2-CAREERS HEALTH CAREERS EXPLORATION CAMP will take place June 3-5 on the Crookston campus. The residential camp is a collaborative effort among the NW MN Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the University of Minnesota Crookston, RiverView Health Care Association, and local providers.

FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNIZED during Faculty and Staff Day included Terrill Bradford, instructor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, Distinguished Teaching; Linnea Barton, master tutor, Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit; and Chris Winjum, assistant to the chancellor, Distinguished P&A. Also recognized were those reaching years of service milestones and retirements.


JILL DOERFLER, associate professor, Department of American Indian Studies, and her colleagues recently donated the royalties from their book Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World through Stories to the Enweyang Ojibwe Language Nest. Located on the UMD campus, the Language Nest provides children, ages 33 months to five years, with instruction taught through the Ojibwe language in all areas, including core literacy, science, math, music, and art. For more information, see Enweyang.

GLENSHEEN, the historic Congdon estate on the shores of Lake Superior, is celebrating 35 years as a house museum. To mark the anniversary, the estate is offering free standard house tours on Community Day, May 22. Arrive early, as tickets are limited.

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS (NEMBA) will take place May 22, Kirby Ballroom. Awards are given in five categories: poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, memoir/creative nonfiction, and children's literature. This year's keynote speaker will be Cathy Wurzer, host of MPR's "Morning Edition" and author of Tales of the Road-Highway 61.

UMD'S LARGE LAKES OBSERVATORY (LLO) will present "LLO Science Friday" May 30, June 20, July 18, Aug. 22, and Sept. 26, Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth. The family-friendly event is held aboard UMD's Blue Heron research vessel and features an LLO scientist sharing information about recent global large lake research.


A SATELLITE OFFICE OF THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE at the University of Minnesota is coming to UMM. The program will be implemented in Morris this fall, thanks to the efforts of Pilar Eble, assistant director of equity, diversity, and intercultural programs, and Viktor Berberi, assistant professor and director of the Hasselmo Language Teaching Center.

BRENDON FOSS '14, HANCOCK, MN, AND ABBY FRAGODT '14, BENSON, MN, have been named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) 2014 Scholar Athletes of the Year. Foss is the Cougars' first male winner; Fragodt the third female. They are part of the seventh group to win the UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award since its inception in 2008.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS, "Understanding Rural Migration: Myths, Trends, and Opportunities Exposed," is open through May 27. The symposium will take place June 4-5, UMM campus. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.


UMR CONNECTS will feature a "Cooking and Dining Adventure with Johnny Mango" with Johnny Mangouras, president of Cabernet Catering and Consulting. May 27, 7 p.m., University Square.


Administrative information

SUMMER TECHNOLOGY TRAINING SCHEDULE is now available. View a list of course options, including live online courses, at Technology Training. Not seeing a topic you need? More online training videos are available through the U's agreement with at

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

TURTLE DERBY 2014: SPONSOR A TURTLE IN THE "TURTLEY AWESOME" TURTLE DERBY, a fundraiser for kids at the U's Amplatz Children's Hospital featuring turtle races, food, games, and more on June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Amplatz Children's Hospital plaza. Departments and individuals can register to sponsor a turtle beginning May 27 and ending June 6. Cost: $30 for an individual or family; $75 for a department.

THE BELL SOCIAL, featuring a unique evening of art, science, and music, will take place May 30, 7-10:30 p.m., Bell Museum. The popular evening series will include the debut of works by spring 2014 McKnight-funded Artist in Residence Andy Ducett, culinary creations by Chef Ian Gray of The Gray House, a dessert and cash bar, live music, a mini Café Scientifique program, special screenings of ExploraDome planetarium programs, and after-hours access to all exhibits, including Audubon and the Art of Birds. For tickets and more information, see Bell Social.

THE U & BREW III will take place June 3, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Campus Club. Guests will include University researchers and U business and industry partners, as well as select local breweries offering samples of their best and newest products. Attendees are given six tickets and a tasting glass, and appetizers including brats, soft pretzels, U of M cheeses, and other beer compatible morsels. Open to faculty, staff, Campus Club members, and the general public.

EARLY LEARNING ADDS UP, a panel discussion hosted by the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute, will feature economics and policy experts Libby Doggett, early learning deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education; Art Rolnick, senior fellow and codirector of the Human Capital Research Collaborative, Humphrey School of Affairs; and Aaron Sojourner, assistant professor, Carlson School of Management. Free, but registration is required. June 5, 5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

U SPATIAL SUMMER BOOT CAMP, a 10-day geospatial workshop, will cover desktop and web GIS, cartography, remote sensing, GPS, and LiDAR. Emphasis will be on foundational skills in gathering, creating, managing, analyzing, and communicating spatial data, as well as geospatial topics and techniques as they relate to commercial imagery and the polar regions. Sponsored by U-Spatial and the Polar Geospatial Center. July 21-Aug. 1. For an application and more information, see U Spatial Boot Camp.

SUMMER SHORT COURSES AND ONE DAY IMMERSIONS are offered through the College of Continuing Education. Offerings include Monarchs in Minnesota: Understanding an Iconic Insect; Caving in the Twin Cities; The Chemistry of Taste: Exploring Food and Wine Pairings; Your Sustainable Home Landscape: Designing Gardens; Churches of Minnesota; Exploring Relationships: Loneliness, Social Interaction, and Health; and more. For a complete schedule and course registration, see LearningLife Summer Events.

MORE EVENTS include The Lunch Box at WAM (May 21); The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in concert (May 25); Vietnam: A Window to War (May 27); OED Certificate Workshop 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity & Diversity (May 28); Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training (May 31); Who is contaminating your lunch? A national security perspective (June 3); American Hustle Scotch Tasting (June 11). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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